Corporate Counsel
Elance, Inc. - Mountain View, CA

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We are in the midst of a work revolution – it’s moving online. And Elance is where it’s going. Working online transcends geographies, governments, court rooms, and legal systems. We are building the infrastructure to make the online workplace safer, fully compliant, and more productive than any other work environment. And that’s where you come in.

You are a strategic thinker who has excelled in your education and career and are looking for an opportunity to do cutting-edge legal work in a pre-IPO company with a great team and top-tier investors. You like to be involved in everything from customer and business development deals to product development to regulatory compliance, employment, customer support, IP, and corporate and stockholder matters. You are a “jack of all trades” with demonstrated expertise in Internet services, technology and business law. You will report to the Vice President & General Counsel, and work closely with multiple business units and the management team, to play a vital role in creating the legal and policy framework that enables Elance to grow and thrive. Here’s what you need to know:

In this role, you will:
Work with the enterprise sales and business development teams to negotiate and document deals of all sizes

Work with the product, engineering and global payments business units to develop agreements for new services

Support customer service to advise on customer issues

Keep current on compliance and regulatory issues

Help manage the company’s intellectual property portfolio and strategy

Assist in corporate and stockholder matters

Advise senior management on legal issues affecting the company

Consult and manage outside counsel as appropriate to achieve company objectives on time and on budget

Collaborate with the entire Elance team to contribute to the continuous refinement of product strategy, business opportunities and anything else that helps Elance expand our market leading position

Lead by example. This is a very hands-on role for a great in-house lawyer who likes to be in the trenches

To win in this role, you need:
JD from a top-tier law school and license to practice in California

Top law firm experience required

Four to six years of experience in a combination of commercial transactions and Internet services a must

Expertise drafting and negotiating sales and services agreements and IP licensing is required

Some in-house experience preferred, in-house experience supporting contracts or business development a plus

Working knowledge of IP law and IP portfolio management a plus

Working knowledge of electronic payments systems and regulation a plus

International experience a plus

Demonstrated problem-solver

Strong organizational and communication skills

Sound and practical business judgment

Flexibility and passion to thrive in a fast-paced informal startup environment

About Elance
Come work where people say “Happy Monday” and actually mean it (seriously, no joke).

A funny thing happens when your job is putting mile-wide grins on the faces of online freelancers and the businesses who hire them. You start to smile a lot yourself, knowing you’re helping people live the dream and get great work done ASAP.

You see at Elance we’re not just creating a revolutionary place for businesses to find, hire and work with online freelancers. We’re also creating a fun place to work. And to keep the good times going strong we’re always looking for amazing people ready to help the world Work Differently™.

So check out our job openings in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Europe. Join Elance as we change how the world works, and learn why around here TGIF means “This Gig Is Fantastic.”

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